More buyers in for Fylde ground

Fylde RUFC's Woodlands ground in Ansdell
Fylde RUFC's Woodlands ground in Ansdell
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More developers have expressed an interest in acquiring the Woodlands Memorial Ground for development, it was revealed at a packed special meeting of Fylde Rugby Football Club last night..

However, a deal which would see Fylde move from their Ansdell home is a long way from being done.

The meeting, at which various viewpoints were expressed in strong terms, gave cautious approval for club officials to speak to would-be developers without giving any firm commitment to selling the 13-acre site, which has been Fylde’s home for the best part of a century. It was pointed out that Fylde is under no pressure to sell the ground for financial reasons as the club is cash and asset strong.

Club spokesman Allan Foster said: “The meeting of members gave the club a mandate to look into the possibility of talking to developers but that should not be seen as any kind of agreement to move.”

Such was the interest aroused that the special meeting in the Woodlands clubhouse had to be delayed because of queuing and the need to check the credentials of the 171 members in attendance.

One potential hitch raised at the meeting was the question of finding a suitable alternative home, as options in Fylde’s catchment area may appear limited.

It was stressed that no move should be made which jeopardised the club’s community ethos and heritage. The general message was to proceed with caution, with no guarantees made either way

No names of organisations interested in development plans have so far been made public, though it was confirmed that more have come forward since the initial approach last month.

- Fylde will stage the first match of this season’s County Championship on May 10, when defending champions Lancashire will take on Northumberland.